Screening and Talk with Ricardo Leite


Fomapan Reversal film processed with caffenol/peroxide/vinegar/bleach



Ricardo Leite is LIFT's Spring 2016 Artist in Residence.


Leite will present a screening of his work and a talk on his process. Leite will show the films he is completing at LIFT, including Caffenol, his film celebrating the processing technique, which includes an interview with Rochester scientist, Dr. Scott Williams, who invented the process. Other works-in-progress and recently completed films will be shown.


Ricardo Leite started making videos with a JVC video8 camera as a child. Later he thought about studying painting in the Fine Arts University of Porto. At the last moment he decided to study cinema instead. That’s when he felt in love with film, 8mm, super 8, 16mm and 35mm. He bought his first lomo spiral tank in 1999 in Ukraine, and started to develop his films at home. In 2002, he started to work in associative photography labs that he adapted for cinema film formats. In 2006, he funded Atomo47, the first and only independent film lab in Portugal. In 2012, after his second son was born, worried about the carcinogenic properties of some chemistry used, he started to research biodegradable and low toxic film developing processes. His films focus on experimental and documentary genres, with political, artistic and anthropological reflections.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
129 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON